Raccoons are attracted to water for many reasons. They are known to wash, rinse, or dunk their food in water before eating it, plus they prefer to live near bodies of water for better food sources. Additionally, raccoons are great swimmers, and love to take a dip in the water on a hot day. For those who own private swimming pools, this can be a problem.
It is quite common for properties with swimming pools to have a nuisance raccoon issue. Such issues should be resolved as soon as possible to avoid cross-contamination, structural damages, disease, and additional wildlife-related hazards. Raccoons can cause a large amount of destruction with their urine and droppings, as well as their innate abilities to grasp, pry, rip, and tear.
Fortunately, there are several ways to put a stop to nuisance raccoon activity, all of which are simple, safe, and humane. Continue reading to learn how you can keep raccoons away from your pool this summer using both environmental modifications and technology.
Nuisance Raccoon Abatement
Your swimming pool is not the only reason why you have raccoons coming to your property every night. There are other elements of your property that raccoons find attractive. By removing or protecting such attractions, you can divert their attention away from your property. Once your property is no longer lucrative for raccoons, they will stop coming by. Happily, raccoons have excellent memory and will remember that your house has nothing to offer them.
Here are some helpful environmental modifications and technological applications to consider for raccoon abatement:
☑ Remove all pet food and water bowls.
☑ Erect fencing around gardens.
☑ Remove log piles and compost.
☑ Remove bird feeders and bird baths.
☑ Take your trashcans outside the morning of collection.
☑ Seal up den holes in trees.
☑ Mend loose siding and roofing.
☑ Repair holes and gaps in mortar, brick, and other house exteriors.
☑ Install motion-sensing lights.
☑ Leave a talk radio station on outside at night.
☑ Program automatic sprinklers for nighttime.
Comprehensive Pool Protection
In addition to applying these environmental modifications and technologies, you will need to apply further tactics to protect your swimming pool. Raccoons are known to defecate and urinate in swimming pools, and even destroy pool lining, filters, and more. It is important to invest in a quality pool cover, and have it on whenever your pool is not in use. If you cannot get a pool cover that protects the entire pool, at least get one that covers the shallow-end where the steps are located. If raccoons cannot access the pool steps, they will likely leave the pool alone.
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